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De Blasio Left Without Security Detail After NYC Subway Delay

By    |   Tuesday, 05 May 2015 10:59 PM

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio had a bad experience in his city's subway system Monday — and then mistakenly vented to a journalist about it.

The mayor was attempting to take the subway up Manhattan from City Hall to a speaking engagement near Penn Station when he was forced to abandon his plans because the express train he was waiting for never arrived.

When de Blasio exited the subway station, he discovered his security detail had already driven away to meet him at his arrival point in midtown Manhattan.

De Blasio was not happy, and he let his aides — and a New York Times reporter — know about it.

De Blasio sent a terse email to some of his aides describing the situation, saying, "We need a better system." The mayor inadvertently included the Times reporter on the message.

The subject line of de Blasio's email was, "2 problems today."

According to the Times, he used bullets to describe what happened and what needs to be fixed.

"The detail drove away when we went into the subway rather than waiting to confirm we got on a train," de Blasio wrote. One of the recipients was Deputy Inspector Howard Redmond, who heads his police security detail.

"We need a better system," the mayor wrote.

"We waited 20 mins for an express only to hear there were major delays. This was knowable info. Had we had it, we would have avoided a lot of hassles."

De Blasio asked his aides to plan better in the future when he takes the train, which would mean coordinating with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, "or at least with nypd transit," he wrote.

"Let's cross-check our info with them when I take the subway. This is a fixable prob."

The Times report said the email was sent from a city government address and the sender's name was "B." Sources told the Times that email address is used by the mayor.

The results of a recent poll, meanwhile, show nearly half of New York City voters think the city is heading in the wrong direction under de Blasio's leadership.

The poll also found that 20 percent of voters think de Blasio, a Democrat, is making the city worse, although his approval rating did increase to 44 percent. That figure was at 39 percent in March 2014.

A report last month said de Blasio could be gearing up for a presidential run in next year's election.

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